Named one of Lonely Planet’s top ten cities in 2013, Hobart has since become one of the world's most sought-after destinations – but this humble town was a hotspot long before it found its claim to fame in the travel guides. From the historic warehouses that house the Salamanca Market to the provocative exhibitions at Australia’s most talked about museum, discover the old and new attractions that make Hobart one of the most happening cities in the country.
It may be beyond the bounds of the city centre, but this spectacular mountain is Hobart's crowning jewel, towering above the city skyline at a staggering 1.2 kilometres tall. Easily seen from every corner of the city, this mighty landmark’s biggest drawcard can be found at its summit, where panoramic views stretch as far as the Tasman Sea.
Once the epicentre of Tasmania's whaling industry, this charming row of sandstone warehouses now plays host to Tasmania's most celebrated artisan producers each Saturday morning, with fresh baked breads, homemade preserves and locally grown fruits topping the list of local goodies. Also home to a string of trendy pubs and cafes, this bustling, inner-city bazaar brings a touch of old-world charm to the city centre seven days a week.
Another of Hobart's heritage-listed gems, this 179-year old theatre is the oldest operational venue of its kind in Australia, with some of the country's most prominent performers still gracing its stage each year. A living relic of the state's earliest cultural endeavours, patrons can marvel in the theatre's grand columns and gilded ceilings before taking in one of its highly-acclaimed shows, from side-splitting comedy routines to gravity-defying circus acts.
Arguably Tasmania's most talked about attraction since its inception in 2011, this self-described "subversive adult Disneyland" occupies three subterranean stories on its very own peninsula. Famed for its avant-garde art installations and one-of-a-kind festivals, this deeply engaging destination goes beyond the realms of your average gallery with thought-provoking exhibitions ranging from the eyebrow-raising to the downright bizarre.
A far more traditional take on MONA’s unconventional collections, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has been a fixture on the city's cultural circuit since 1848. Showcasing one of the broadest collections in Australia, this all-encompassing institution sees history, geology, photography and nature intermix to create an immersive experience that's perfect for all ages.
Keen to catch a glimpse of Tasmania's most infamous critter? Take the 25-kilometre trip from Hobart's CBD to reach Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, where the legendary Tassie Devil lives alongside a range of the state’s more elusive creatures, from the spotted-tail quoll to the ringtail possum. Offering tours by day and by night, this conservation-focused nature park is the best way to guarantee a sighting of the state's little-seen species while visiting Hobart.
One for the nature lovers who'd rather stick to the city limits, Hobart’s expansive Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to get amongst the great outdoors without ever leaving town. Set on nearly 14 hectares of prime parkland, this urban oasis is home to more than 6,500 species of indigenous and introduced plant species – all just a stone's throw from Hobart's bustling CBD.
See why the whole world's talking about this humble harbour-side town. Pick up a car hire in Hobart and uncover the hidden gems that have put Tasmania's capital on the map.